Clavia Nord Lead

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One of the most incredible new synths available. It re-defines analog synthesis in a modern synth. Using Virtual Sound Modeling technology the intricate nuances and character of analog synth sounds are beautifully recreated on this amazingly flexible synth.

First of all, it can sound like them all, an ARP 2600 or a Minimoog or a Roland Jupiter. This synth is polyphonic and multitimbral, it has a very flexible filter, LFO and Envelope control, portamento/legato, a great arpeggiator and analog-like dedicated knobs for quick and easy synthesizing!

Everything is MIDI'd up and controllable, there's a great pitch bender and a 'morphing' feature. A performance mode allows certain parameters to be stored with a sound such as unison or poly modes, legato and portamento. It is available as a Keyboard, a Rackmount module and as Virtual PC Software.

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This synth is currently in use by lots of artists including Ken Ishii, The Crystal Method, Fatboy Slim, Cirrus, Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Deftones, Mouse on Mars, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, Laurent Garnier, ATB, The Prodigy, Autechre, Astral Projection, Boom Boom Satellites, Fluke, Front Line Assembly, KMFDM and Underworld.

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46 Visitor comments
July 31, 2009 @ 3:13 pm
Absolutely breathtaking sounds, and warmth as others have stated. These are really versatile and easily lend themselves to almost any style of music. And they hold their value exceptionally well. Also used by Noise Unit, a side project of the Frontline Assmbly members. The only issue I have had with mine is the key contacts get dirty quickly and the keys will stop working. Gotta love the stone (yes, STONE) mod wheel!
Dave B
June 22, 2009 @ 10:31 am
Clavia made the mistake of completly missing the point, why the Nord lead was such a hit,so they tried to capitilise on its name with the Following models with a few extra Notes of Polyphony,when the Sound engine quality and warmth of the Mark 1 were never really captured in those that superceded it,perhaps why the Mark 1 still retain a following in the secondhand market,I've tried and owned them all and sold them on...why???Because none of them ever sounded as warm as the Original.
Nord Tastic
June 14, 2009 @ 8:22 pm
The only thing wrong with the Nords,is they should have had some kind of "Original Value" either in the form of an extra LED or used the dot on the display to represent when a knob you tweaked had reached the original value mark,Kind of like the Microkorg or MS2000 had,suprised Clavia never addressed this with futher models.
April 14, 2009 @ 8:17 am
"it really is a classic and all over many psy trance releases from the early to midi 90's"

Too bad that the synth was originally produced at 1995, I would've liked to have a time machine too, just like the psy trance producers you're talking here. :)
March 19, 2009 @ 10:57 am

it is one of the greatest dance synths you can buy as its not flabby , over fat , has lightning fast env and a filter that 'whips ' , if the roland mks80 or moog were a car they would be a jaguar - this things a ferrari - seriously - jims a wanker or was it bill > both are tone deaf !!!!!!!!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 to 12 voices, 4 part Multitimbral
  • Oscillators - 2 VSM oscillators (triangle, sawtooth, pulse) and noise
  • LFO - 2 LFO's (triangle, sawtooth, random) control OSC 1 or 2, filter, pulse-width, ADSR envelope
  • Filter - 12 dB/oct 2-pole lowpass, 24dB/oct 4-pole lowpass / bandpass / highpass (both with cutoff, resonance, env amount, env velocity, key tracking, ADSR envelope)
  • VCA - ADSR envelope and Amplifier Gain control
  • Keyboard - 48 velocity sensitive keys
  • Memory - 59 preset programs, 40 user, 100 performances
  • Control - MIDI, and all knobs and controls are MIDI!
  • Date Produced - 1995
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